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Emerging Tech SIG: Bayesian babies: How very young children use probabilistic models

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    Title: Bayesian babies: How very young children use probabilistic models and Bayesian learning to figure out people and things.

    Abstract: Recent results show that very young children’s learning and thinking are strikingly similar to much learning and thinking in science. Preschoolers test hypotheses against data and make causal inferences; they learn from statistics and informal experimentation, and from watching and listening to others. The mathematical framework of probabilistic models and Bayesian inference can describe this learning in precise ways. Children use these powerful learning techniques not only to learn about the physical world but even more importantly, to figure out how other people think.

    Join us as Berkeley psychologist Alison Gopnik discusses these results, which hold implications for emerging technologies in computer vision, machine learning and other pattern theory fields.

    Bio: Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her BA from McGill University and her PhD. from Oxford University. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children’s learning and development and was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions. She is the author of over 100 journal articles and several books including “Words, thoughts and theories” (coauthored with Andrew Meltzoff), MIT Press, 1997,  and the bestselling and critically acclaimed popular books "The Scientist in the Crib" (coauthored with Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl) William Morrow, 1999, and "The Philosophical Baby; What children’s minds tell us about love, truth and the meaning of life" Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009. She has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for Science, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, New Scientist and Slate, among others. And she has frequently appeared on TV and radio including “The Charlie Rose Show” and “The Colbert Report”. She has three sons and lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Alvy Ray Smith.

    Agenda:
    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation

    Price:
    $20 at the door for non-SVForum members
    No charge for SVForum members
    No registration required

    Location:
    Robert Half International
    50 California Street, 17th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Emerging Technology SIG